Securing student success: risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education

Closed 22 Dec 2017

Opened 19 Oct 2017


This consultation seeks views on the proposed new regulatory framework which will be the system to regulate higher education.

Why your views matter

The government is seeking views on behalf of the new Office for Students (OfS) regarding the regulation of the higher education sector. The OfS will introduce the new regulatory framework: a risk-based approach to higher education with an unflinching focus on the student.

This consultation sets out the proposed new regulatory approach and what this will mean for the sector and students. It includes proposals for how higher education providers will enter the system, how they will be risk-assessed, the conditions they will have to meet, how they will be monitored, and what potential actions the OfS will be able to take.

Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) consultations

This consultation is part of a suite of consultations currently taking place on the implementation of HERA. We would encourage respondents to cross-refer and respond to the related consultations, where relevant. The consultations that form the suite are as follows and may be viewed by clicking the links at the bottom of the page:

  • Securing student success: risk based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education
  • Simplifying Access to the Market: Degree Awarding Powers & University Title
  • Office for Students: registration fees (stage 2)
  • Designation of a body for English higher education information
  • Designation of a body to perform the assessment functions for higher education in England

Consultation events

The DfE is delivering a number of roundtable events on the consultations in Birmingham on 8 November, London on 15 November, Bournemouth on 5 December and Manchester on 14 December. Please follow the links at the bottom of the page to sign up.


  • All


  • Participation of young people in education, employment and training
  • Equality
  • HE